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16 Awesome Six-Toed Cats Who Live In Ernest Hemingway's Old House

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Posted on August 12, 2014, at 12:44 p.m. ET

1. Photographer Henry Hargreaves tells BuzzFeed: "Ernest Hemingway was celebrated in life as a great writer, lover, sportsman, adventurer, and rebel-rouser."

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Barbara Stanwyck


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Joe DiMaggio

3. "What is less well known is that he was also a renowned cat lover."

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Betty Grable


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Hunter S. Thompson

5. "He was given a six-toed cat, Snowball, by a ship's captain who came to visit him in Key West."

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Billie Holiday

7. "Soon Snowball had a litter of polydactyl-gene-carrying cats, who Hemingway named after famous people of his time."

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Bumby (again)


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9. "Just as the Hemingway legend continues to grow after his death, so does the celebrity-named, six-toed, 55-cat colony at his home-turned-museum."

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Gina Lolabrigida


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Isadora Duncan

11. "I was intrigued by the story of a softer side to Hemingway and gained permission for a companion shoot."

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Martha Gellhorn


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13. "I decided to use a contrived portrait setting befitting their genetic and celebrity heritage."

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Rudolph Valentino


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Shine Forbes

15. "Like their famous namesakes, some of the cats lapped up the attention while others fled from the set like they were being chased by paparazzi."

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Tennessee Williams

16. Here's Henry with Winston Churchill.

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Watch his making-of video here.

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